CENTER FOR INNOVATION AND EDUCATION
SPACE COMMERCE INSTITUTE
Areas of Expertise
Space Market Trends and Growth Strategies, Working with large space primes (becoming a sub or product insertion into supply chain), Working with NASA and other Federal regulatory bodies, Business development (space industry specific)
Kirsten Armstrong is the President of Petra Strategy, a policy and analysis consultancy providing specialized expertise on emerging trends in the space industry to support strategic decision making. Her research activities include entrepreneurship and new business formation; space commercialization; models for emerging space economies; US government contracting; and broad industry trends. She is an advisor to the MILO Space Science Institute, a non-profit research collaborative led by Arizona State University, and was a member of International Program Committee for the Global Conference on Space for Emerging Countries (GLEC) in Marrakech, Morocco.
Kirsten has over 20 years of experience on the business side of the equation to drive success in space and advanced technology organizations. She has executed high impact studies and analyses, including industrial base assessments, technology assessments, program/portfolio assessments, and strategic planning efforts. She led the development of key space industry reports, including “Start-Up Space” for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and “The State of the Satellite Industry Report” for the Satellite Industry Association. She also led a team at NASA Headquarters providing strategic planning and performance management support for Agency priorities.
Kirsten has lived in Greece, Morocco, Jordan, Spain, and the United States.